FILM, INTERRUPTED: Birds are singing in Kigali

Thursday 19.07.2018
running time:
113 min
Lower Silesia Film Centre, room Warszawa, Piłsudskiego 64a

10*/15 PLN 

BRAVE: forbidden CINEMA
dir. Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze, Poland 2017

A lot of films showing the Rwandan genocide have been made, yet this one is different. Birds are singing in Kigali starts when most film stories end, namely after the huge tragedy, when the country is still suffering, but stops drawing media attention. A Polish ornithologist, Anna (Jowita Budnik), rescues a young girl from the Tutsi tribe (Eliane Umuhire) and brings her to Poland. Claudine finds it difficult to find herself in the new country, forget about her home country, and deal with the trauma of the civil war. It is also not easy for Anna who is tough only on the outside. Will the women be able to help each other? A moving film about alienation and losing one’s roots, completely different from the previous films of the married directing duo, it is built through cold observation of the women’s relationship. This film, the script for which had been created 12 years earlier, was marked by numerous production challenges. First, the directors decided not to make the film in the USA with Nick Nolte in the cast, and later – at the very beginning of proper shooting – Krzysztof Krauze passed away. The project was completed by Joanna Kos-Krauze, who showed determination and did not leave any unfinished business behind. Aftre the screening there will be a meeting with Eliane Umuhire, one of the film's leading actress. 

Movie in Polish, English, Kinyarwanda, French with Polish subtitles.